silver georgian kettle
silver georgian kettle

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Antique Silver George II Kettle & Stand made in 1739-40


A very fine early George II Rococo tea kettle and stand with burner made by the important Huguenot silversmith, Peter Archambo.

Date 1739 - 1740
Made By Peter Archambo
Location London
Stock Number M129x38

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1739 - 1740
Maker: Peter Archambo

A very fine early George II Rococo tea kettle and stand with burner made by the important Huguenot silversmith, Peter Archambo.

The kettle exhibits superb cast work and excellent hand chasing with floral and marine motifs.

The use of human masks and cherubs is a particularly outstanding feature and typical of some of the finest silver of the mid to late 1730s.

The silver handle is bound with wicker to absorb the heat and the handle can swing both left and right. The original finial of the lid is bone, which also stops heat transference.

The contemporary family coat of arms on one side of the kettle pertains to the Gordon family of Scotland. The crest of a bow and arrow being pulled on the lid of the burner is also a Gordon crest. This particular crest apparently harks back to 1199 when Bertrand de Goudon – the progenitor of the family – was the archer who shot and killed King Richard Lionheart at Chaluz in France.

The kettle and stand with burner is in excellent condition and comes with an excellent provenance. We purchased this kettle along with two later items: a meat dish made in 1805 and a set of 12 dinner plates made in 1808, both belonging to the British Prime Minister, George Hamilton Gordon (The Earl of Aberdeen) who was Prime Minister during the Crimean War from 1852 – 1855 and resided at Haddo House Aberdeenshire.

Dimensions: height (to handle when upright) 37 cm, width (spout to end) 24.25 cm; weight 64.5 troy oz.

This object incorporates old ivory and has been registered with Defra.

Peter Archambo

Son of Peter Archambo of the parish of St. Martin’s in the Field in the County of Middlesex, staymaker, apprenticed to Jacob Margas Citizen and Butcher 6th April 1710. Free, 7th December 1720.

First mark (New Standard) as largeworker, entered 9th March 1721, “free of Butchers Company”. Address: the Golden Cup in Green Street. Second mark (sterling), 2nd November 1722, presumably at the same address, with note below; removed to Hemings Row, but no date given.

Third mark, 27th June 1739. Address: Golden Cup, Coventry Street, Piccadilly. According to Evans (Huguenot Goldsmiths’, Hug, Soc, Proc.,14) the family of Archambaud came from Oleron and Re and first appeared in England in the Bounty List of 1687, but there is also a Pierre Archambaut recorded in the Temoignages of the Threadneedle Street French Church, under the date 25th July 1680, as from Saumur, and this is perhaps the father of the goldsmith. He appears as “tailleur d’habits” in the baptismal register of his daughter Anne, at Hungerford Market Church, 16th June 1605, where his wife is named Esther, and as “tailleur”, 10th December 1699, at the baptism of his son Jean. The goldsmith’s baptism does not appear to have taken place in the same church. He was probably married in 1722-3 to Elizabeth Trube, to whom his son Peter II was born on 15th October 1724.

In his will, dated 20th May 1759, he described as of the parish of Twickenham, Middlesex, gentleman, implying retirement before this date, probably in 1750, when Peter II entered his mark at the Coventry Street address. The will was proved 7th August 1767 by Peter II, who is named with John Archambo, brother of  Peter I and Peter Meure his nephew as executors and trustees.

He leaves £400 each to his three daughters, Ann, Elizabeth and Esther, the same sum to his sister Margaret Archambo and after her death back to the three daughters, and the same sum to his granddaughter Elizabeth Greenhow, daughter of another daughter Margaret, deceased.

A codicil is added, 12th January 1776, and the will proved 7th August by Peter II, with power reserved for John  Archambo and Peter Meure (P.C.C. Public Records Office, folio 294, legard. Information Mervyn Medlycott Esq).

Although not in the same flight as Lamerie or Crespin, Archambo’s work is of considerable importance in this period. He seems to have had a wide range of output of all the standard types of production. His  most important patron was almost certainly George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington, for whom Archambo worked extensively, as witnessed by the contents of the Foley Gray sale of 1921 at Christie’s which included the remarkable wine-urn with transposed marks of 1728 (Goldsmiths’ Company), a wine-cistern of 1729 and six unusual sconces of 1730, as well as much dinner plate, salvers, sauce-boats and baskets.

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